Eating a raw foods diet is nothing new; people have been eating this way for decades. But in the past few years, the raw foods diet has become more popular in many circles. It can sound odd to some people to think about eating a diet of only raw foods. To be clear, this would be a raw-vegan diet that includes all plants, nuts, seeds, and sprouts, but not raw animal meats.
When you think about it, eating raw is not that extreme when you realize that most salads are comprised on raw foods such as lettuce, vegetables and some fruits. However, when you consider that raw foods eaters only eat foods that have not been cooked it can get a bit more complicated. One of the problems encountered by raw foodists is getting a balance of all minerals and vitamins as well as other essential nutrients for a healthy lifestyle. For instance, getting enough vitamin B12 can be a problem when only eating a plant-based diet although some foods such as soybeans and nutritional yeast do contain this vitamin. Still, taking a supplement might be necessary.
Maintaining adequate protein levels can be difficult for some people. Getting this balance comes with knowledge and commitment to include all of the elements needed to get what is needed for the body without including meats, animal by-products such as cheese, yogurt or milk or other cooked foods including beans and grains. Of course, many raw foodists will occasionally include some type of cooked food in the diet that help provide the needed vitamins and minerals for balanced health.
There are many reasons why people, might decision to eat a raw diet. Some might be for ethical reasons such as not wanting to eat animals. Health is usually the major reason. The benefits of including more plant food in the daily diet are many, even if this is not a full-time diet. In fact, there are few 100% raw food eaters, most raw around 50% or more and will include some cooked foods, such as in a vegan diet that doesn’t include animal products but does include other cooked food items.
People have reported many benefits of eating a raw foods diet. Some of these benefits include lowering cholesterol levels, eliminating carvings, preventing overeating, purging the body of accumulated toxins, balancing hormones, reversing some degenerative diseases, increased energy levels, improved appearance of improved digestion, weight loss, and reduced risk of heart disease to name of few.
Of course eating only raw foods is not for everybody .But adding more fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds to your diet certainly can be beneficial.